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FMU presents alumni awards

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University presented its 2003-2004 alumni awards at an Alumni Appreciation Dinner, Feb. 19.

 The Outstanding Alumnus is 1979 School of Business graduate Hal Campbell. This award was chosen by the Alumni Association’s Past Presidents’ Council. Campbell is the president and CEO of ACS Technologies of Florence (formerly Computer Dimensions), a provider of software and services to faith-based organizations.

Founded in 1978, ACS is the country’s leading producer of administrative software for churches, private schools, and nonprofit organizations. With 300 employees and more than 12,000 clients nationwide, ACS serves clients primarily through its main product, Automated Church Systems.

“With all of this success today, it is hard to imagine that the company did not realize its first profit until 1986 after it was $1.1 million in debt,” said Campbell.

In 2002, the owners of ACS (Hal Campbell, Billy Campbell, Marvin Owen, and Tom Rogers) were named South Carolina’s Small Business Persons of the Year. 

In 1994, Campbell was presented the FMU School of Business Outstanding Graduate Award, and in 1996, he was recognized as one of the 25 Distinguished Alumni by the Alumni Association in celebration of the university’s 25th anniversary.

A past president of the FMU Alumni Association, Campbell continually supports his alma mater in a variety of ways, including serving as secretary of the FMU Foundation and employing a significant number of FMU graduates.

 The Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus is 1995 biology graduate Surgener Crawford. She completed further studies at Emory University, Howard University, the University of South Carolina, and Mercer University. She holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration and policy and a doctoral degree in health administration and research.

Currently, Crawford is the Southeast region medical consultant for the pharmaceutical firm Adventis. Prior to that, she was assistant director of continuing physician medical education and public health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Before that, she served as assistant administrator for Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

Crawford has assisted FMU by serving as a recruiting partner with the Alumni-in-Admissions program. She has been helpful in generating interest among alumni in the Atlanta area.

The Alumni Volunteer of the Year is Devenney Mazell, a 1984 political science graduate. This award was chosen by the Alumni Association’s executive officers and Alumni Office staff.

Mazell serves as a contact for S.C. Lowcountry-area events and helps encourage alumni to attend.  She is a past member of the Alumni Advisory Board and currently volunteers as a recruiting partner for the Alumni-in-Admissions program.

Since graduation, Mazell has served as an unofficial “alumni ambassador,” sacrificing her personal time to drive to campus to provide tours for prospective students throughout the year. She has personally recruited many students to FMU.

Currently, Mazell is a child development teaching assistant at Windsor Hill Elementary School in Dorchester County. Recently, she was recognized as a finalist for Classified Employee of the Year. Prior to this, she spent 17 years in the restaurant business. She is a faithful supporter of Alumni Association activities and volunteer programs.

#107 / 2-20-04

Last Published: March 10, 2004 10:09 AM
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